No words required for this
I should have some video footage of the Moog Voyager XL. The video should be up by the weekend…hopefully
Today was the day, I get a call from Billy Hydes Music in Parramatta. Lyle called me and gave me the good news. So a nice 2 hour round trip and it is here, right behind me as I type.
Apart from the occasional idiot trying to get into my space on the road, whilst driving, there was a smile, a smug smile all over my face and still, it is on my face even now as I type this. I finally have a Synth I have only ever dreamed of owning and now it is mine, all mine. A sense of achievement and accomplishment all in one heavy, beautifully crafted Analoge Synthesizer
Now begins a long and steep learning curve. Love it
It has been a very very long wait, so today I finally got the go ahead to put this amazing synth on order. I will start with the Synth Porn Image below and continue my drool.
Now for the drool. Many years have gone by that I dreamed of owning a Moog Synthesiser. So what did I do first, I bought a Korg Radias, then I bought a Moog Slim Phatty. Both synths come from the same stable and produce that wonderful warm rich analogue sound that I grew up with and have come to call home. Now I will soon be in possession of one of the Best looking synths I have seen. Yes it doesn’t do as much as a Roland Phantom G8 or a Yamaha Motif XS or XS series of synths, but to me it looks how a synth should look. Lots of controls to grab a fistful of – and let rip with those 3 Analogue VCO’s and tweak the VCF’s and ohh play with the patch cables and I could go on…So I will.
Should I include the specs for them that care? Bugger it, why not.
So what do you get for a lot of money? let us see….
61-Note Velocity Sensitive Keyboard with After-Pressure
Ribbon Controller with Pitch and Gate CV Outputs
Touch Surface Controller with X, Y, A and Gate Outputs
External Audio Input
Effects Loop Insert
2 Active Attenuators
4-Input CV Mixer
Additional LFO Source with Multiple MIDI-Syncable Waveforms
3 Four-Way Mults
20 Control Voltage Outputs
3 Gate Outputs
10 Control Voltage Inputs
4 Gate Inputs
2 Modulation Busses
Solid Maple Cabinet
Tilting Control Panel
And the in depth specifications
100% Analog Sound Engine
The MINIMOOG VOYAGER XL Synthesizer is a monophonic analog performance and production synthesizer. Based on the Minimoog Voyager sound engine, it incorporates virtually all of the sound resources and functions of the original Minimoog Model D and Voyager, with the addition of a number of exciting features from Moog’s modular synthesizer legacy.
61-Note Velocity Sensitive Keyboard with after-pressure. Identical to the Voyager 44-note keyboard.
A 500mm Ribbon Controller is located on the middle wooden rail of the Voyager XL. It’s center-point is lined up with ‘middle-C’ of the 61-note Keyboard. Outputs are sampled and available as CV-OUT (-5V to +5V) and GATE-OUT (0V to +5V).
(20) Control Voltage output
- Keyboard Pitch (w/ internal trim to calibrate to 1 V/Octave)
- Keyboard Velocity
- Keyboard Afterpressure
- Touch Surface X
- Touch Surface Y
- Touch Surface A (area)
- Pitch Bend Wheel
- Mod Wheel
- MOD 1 signal (signal at MOD 1 input)
- MOD 2 signal (signal at MOD 2 input)
- LFO triangle wave
- LFO square wave
- Mod Wheel Mod Buss output
- Pedal/On Mod Buss output
- Filter Envelope
- Volume envelope
- Sample and Hold Step
- Sample and Hold Smooth
- Ribbon Controller CV Output (-5V to +5V)
(3) Gate outputs
- Keyboard Gate
- Touch Surface Gate
- Ribbon Controller Gate Output
(3) 4-way Mults (top jack is ring-powered)
(10) Control Voltage Inputs
- Envelope Rate CV (-5V to +5V) Ring-Powered
- OSC Pitch CV (adj. to 1V/Octave) (-5V to +5V) Ring-Powered
- OSC Wave CV (all three osc. affected) ( 0V to +5V) Ring-Powered
- FILTER Cutoff CV (-5V to +5V) Ring-Powered
- VCA Volume CV ( 0V to +5V) Ring-Powered
- VCA Pan CV (-2.5V to +2.5V) Ring-Powered
- LFO Rate CV (-5V to +5V) Ring-Powered
- MOD Mod1 CV ( 0V to +5V) Ring-Powered
- MOD Mod2 CV ( 0V to +5V) Ring-Powered
- S&H CV (-5V to +5V) Ring-Powered
(4) Gate Inputs
- ENV Release ON/OFF (0V OFF, +5V ON)
- ENV Gate Input (0V OFF, +5V ON)
- LFO Sync ON/OFF (0V OFF, +5V ON)
- S&H Gate Input (0V OFF, +5V ON) No footswitch input
(2) Active Attenuators
Active Attenuators are identical to the VX-352 attenuators with the following difference:
CHANNEL 1 is normalled to LFO 2 output. So, if nothing is connected to the Channel 1 input jack, the output of Channel 1 will be the attenuated version of the LFO 2 output.
CHANNEL 2 is normalled to RIBBON output. So, if nothing is connected to the Channel 2 input jack, the output of Channel 2 will be the attenuated version of the RIBBON controller.
EXPRESSION PEDALS can be connected to the Attenuator inputs (i.e. they are ring-powered inputs).
AMOUNT controls gain of -1 (CCW) to 1 (CW). Thus, the attenuators can create an inverted version of the waveform.
OFFSET control allows you to add a DC voltage of -5V to +5V to the input signal. The Attenuator output will be clipped to approximately +/-10V.
- Inputs 1 and 2 can be attenuated via front-panel knobs
- Inputs 1 and 3 can be controlled by Expression Pedals (i.e. ring-powered)
- Two output CV’s (+) and (-)
- DC offset can be added to signal via OFFSET knob
- Overall output of MIXER can be adjusted via the MASTER knob
RISE and FALL time constants are adjustable from 1 millisecond to 1 second (middle is 100 millisecond).
A MIDI-syncable second LFO source has been added to the Voyager XL. The default frequency range is 0.02Hz (50 seconds) to 20Hz (0.05 seconds). This range was made to augment the current Voyager LFO which does not go slow-enough for some very slow modulations.
INPUTS: LFO 2 can be
- Free-running (adjusted by the RATE knob on the front panel)
- MIDI SYNC from external MIDI clock
- Directly CLOCKED from a GATE CV via the front panel CLOCK jack
- Controlled via external CV or Expression Pedal via the front panel RATE CV jack
OUTPUTS: LFO 2 has two complementary LFO outputs labeled (+) and (-). In default mode, these are the same waveform 180 degrees out of phase.
Available front-panel waveforms:
- S&H SMOOTH
All Information taken from the MoogMusic Website – Moog Music Official Website
Just put together another video featuring some random images with a piece of music I composed a few years ago. Will be uploading to Youtube once the video has been rendered. Note to self, get a decent video editing package!!!!
It has been a long winded process with a few hiccups along the way, but thankfully due to some really nice people and a decent Estate Agent, all went to plan. Friday saw the completion of our house in Greenacre and full settlement on the house in the Blue Mountains. It is official we are now finally Mountain Folk. Although the further up you go would probably class you as ‘real’ mountain folk. I am happy to be here.
We went back yesterday to pickup a few final items. The journey there was ok, apart from the usual idiots on the road, usually when you get closer to Auburn/Lidcombe/Silverwater area. The weird thing was standing outside the front of Karen’s house. It felt so closed in and claustrophobic. What is really strange is we have only been away for about 3 weeks and yet I noticed a difference. It is so much better being away from there.
Sadly no music to this post. What I can post here is a quick update. We have finally moved to the Blue Mountains and are away from Sydney. Whilst this still puts us in striking distance from what has been our home ground for almost seven years, we still have to travel to Sydney or the Suburbs of Sydney, we no longer live there. It has been a good decision to move away, even though travel time has increased, we have gained a better way of life. I now enjoy the comfort of being able to sit back in a seat on a train and lose myself under my headphones complete with iPod and not have to worry about traffic or idiots on the road. Sure there maybe days when the trains don’t run on time or I miss a connecting train, but it will always be worth the wait to get back here to a little piece and quiet.
So what did we gain? A decent sized plot of land, almost a 1000 square metres, a decent sized house, four bedrooms, large yard and a quiet location, decent neighbours, decent people and away from the madding crowds that was once the place we built a house, sold a house and moved away from chaos and certain elements of the area that ruined it for everyone and no-one did, or could do a thing about it. I really don’t want to go into a rant and get the blood pressure climbing through the roof, so I won’t go into details, because now, I don’t care. I can forget all about it and concentrate on enjoying what we have, building on what we have and having a bloody good time of it.
I now have my music room away from everyone, so I can play till all hours of the night if needs be, I can finally start to focus on creating some decent music and not just throw things together. There are a few more things I need to finish off my Home Studio, a Decent Mixing Console, some decent Software – legitimately purchased and the Minimoog Voyager XL. The urge to go back to full Analogue is intriguing me. I am recapturing the early part of my life, growing up with the sounds of the days when I wore short trousers, even in a winter blessed England, 0h the very thought is making my legs ache with cold rain, hot radiators in school and that long walk home in freezing wind, rain, sleet hale and low flying branches. And all the while the sounds of those many artists that flaunted the sounds of those great analogue monsters were and still are bouncing round my head and in my heart. So it is to them that I will attempt to recreate those feelings, even if only for my own pleasure and a distant hope of maybe publishing something other than on Youtube. I can but live and dream that one day, who knows? It may never happen, but I can at least dream.